Backstrom: 'Finally, we started playing hockey like we can party'

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Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals found the secret formula to winning the Stanley Cup, and apparently, it was in their back pockets the entire time.

"Finally, we started playing hockey like we can party," Backstrom said at the Capitals' Stanley Cup parade Tuesday, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press. "So that's a good thing."

If this past week has been any indication, the Capitals' partying ability has reached elite status, much like their play on the ice throughout the postseason. They've been partying like nobody is watching, even though D.C. has had a front-row seat for the glorious show.

Related: Best moments from the Capitals' Stanley Cup parade

The only question is, why didn't the Caps figure out this winning recipe earlier? They could've been a dynasty by now.

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